“The End of Poverty?”

“French Filmmaker Philippe Diaz, in an illuminating documentary opening in New York Friday, traces globalisation back 500 years to the Spanish and Portuguese conquests of the Americas. Diaz shows how the colonial North used the South’s resources to build its industrial base and how its continued control over resources, global trade and debt rules prevents developing countries from ending poverty.”

It won’t be coming to a theater within several hundred miles of me, but i’ll be keeping my eye out for the DVD release

“The title is a play on a book by economist Jeffrey Sachs – without the question mark – who, Diaz told IPS, ‘runs all around the world with Bono and these guys claiming that if we bring mosquito nets and fertilizers, it will end poverty.'”

“For example, Diaz is incredulous that Sachs’s book ascribes Bolivia’s economic failure to high altitude. He points out that 30 years ago, Sachs advised the Bolivian government to privatize everything, and today the country is essentially owned by foreign corporations.”

Read the rest at Inter Press Service

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~ by Lex on November 15, 2009.

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